Good to be home with my own pups, too.
I've also been cleaning house on my laptop. I have determined that 2017 will be a non-acquisition year; to that end I am unsubscribing from all retail email lists, saved eBay searches, etc. I have everything I need and much, much more, so going a year without buying anything other than consumables like food, animal feed, and toilet paper will not be a hardship. Not that it won't be hard, as I can be as tempted as the next consumer by all that retailers tell me I should WANT-WANT-WANT, especially when deeply discounted – hence the unsubscribing. In addition, the following will continue: divesting myself of what clutters our life, cooking from scratch (and pantry) and making as many gifts (using supplies on hand) as possible.
The exquisite big leaf maple salad bowl my husband made me for Christmas:
Some of the yarn I can look forward to using next year, a birthday gift from a friend:
We live in a culture of conspicuous consumption, shamelessly modeled by our president-elect (see this oft-shared 2010 Trump family portrait, verified as authentic by Snopes.com). But all our STUFF weighs us down, amps up our stress, and drains us of physical, mental, and emotional energy. I want to live what's left of my life as free from those negatives as possible, remembering that "this world is not my home, I'm just a-passin' through" – better to travel light.
Another kind of "traveling light:"
Facing the new year with resolve, at . . .